John Wesley’s Famous Accountability Questions

The Scriptures exhort Christians to be watchful because the Devil prowls around the world looking for whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).  Thus, accountability is a crucial part of a Christian’s life.  Here is an abbreviated version of John Wesley’s famous accountability question that I came across in Jared Wilson’s book The Pastor’s Justification: Applying The Work Of Christ In Your Life And Ministry:

The Pastors Justification



  • Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  • Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  • Do I confidentially pass onto another what was told me in confidence?
  • Am I slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
  • Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  • Did the Bible live in my today?
  • Do I give the Bible time to speak to me everyday?
  • Am I enjoying prayer?
  • When did I last speak to someone about my faith?
  • Do I pray about the money I spend?
  • Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  • Do I disobey God in anything?
  • Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  • Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  • Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
  • How do I spend my spare time?
  • Am I proud?
  • Do I thank God that I am not like other people, especially the Pharisee who despised the publican?
  • Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward, or disregard? If so, what am I going to do about it?
  • Do I grumble and complain constantly?
  • Is Christ real to me?


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